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Praised by Entertainment Weekly as the man who put the fizz into physics,” Dr. Len Fisher turns his attention to the science of cooperation in his lively and thought-provoking book. Fisher shows how the modern science of game theory has helped biologists to understand the evolution of cooperation in nature, and investigates how we might apply those lessons to our own society. In a series of experiments that take him from the polite confines of an English dinner party to crowded supermarkets, congested Indian roads, and the wilds of outback Australia, not to mention baseball strategies and the intricacies of quantum mechanics, Fisher sheds light on the problem of global cooperation. The outcomes are sometimes hilarious, sometimes alarming, but always revealing. A witty romp through a serious science, Rock, Paper, Scissors will both teach and delight anyone interested in what it what it takes to get people to work together.
Published: Basic Books on
ISBN: 9780786726936
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One of the best, (albeit only) books ive read on game theory. Did a good job introducing the wide array of types of game theory and the strategies that go along with each game. Is not a book i was able to completely grasp with just one reading. Perhaps i will read it again, or another similar book about game theory and cooperation. I found the notes on each chapter at the end of the book helpful and interesting.more
This book has some really interesting information and offers some clear explanations of game theory concepts and real world examples. I enjoyed the things I learned. What I did not enjoy was the "we can save the world if we all cooporate" mantra. While that may be a true, I don't think this book will be the tool to make it happen. I really apprectiated the theory and smaller scale examples and how they can affect our personal relationships. I would say this book is 50% too long.more
This is a thorough and informative survey of how game theory can apply to all kinds of interactions. Even better, Fisher shows how using game-theory principles can help us design more winning outcomes. I borrowed this book to read it, and it turned out to be so helpful that it is now on my shopping list.more
Not bad, but I don't think it's really sure what it wants to be. It's a little too science and math heavy to be really reader-friendly as a self-help book (which is most often what it tries to be). There is, for instance, a chapter on quantum computing. But it's too goal-oriented and political to be really credible as a popular science book. It's also a little elementary in places. For instance, Fisher spends a few pages simply defining "social norms." Ultimately, I think, it's a very well-meaning physics professor trying to make the world a better, gentler place, where we all get along and no one is trying to blow anyone else up. That's commendable, but it's not always fascinating reading. If you are in a position where you need to broker agreements and build trust between competing parties, and you are unfortunate enough to have no background in the social sciences, this is a worthwhile read, but I imagine there are probably better books on the art and science of cooperation and competition.more
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One of the best, (albeit only) books ive read on game theory. Did a good job introducing the wide array of types of game theory and the strategies that go along with each game. Is not a book i was able to completely grasp with just one reading. Perhaps i will read it again, or another similar book about game theory and cooperation. I found the notes on each chapter at the end of the book helpful and interesting.more
This book has some really interesting information and offers some clear explanations of game theory concepts and real world examples. I enjoyed the things I learned. What I did not enjoy was the "we can save the world if we all cooporate" mantra. While that may be a true, I don't think this book will be the tool to make it happen. I really apprectiated the theory and smaller scale examples and how they can affect our personal relationships. I would say this book is 50% too long.more
This is a thorough and informative survey of how game theory can apply to all kinds of interactions. Even better, Fisher shows how using game-theory principles can help us design more winning outcomes. I borrowed this book to read it, and it turned out to be so helpful that it is now on my shopping list.more
Not bad, but I don't think it's really sure what it wants to be. It's a little too science and math heavy to be really reader-friendly as a self-help book (which is most often what it tries to be). There is, for instance, a chapter on quantum computing. But it's too goal-oriented and political to be really credible as a popular science book. It's also a little elementary in places. For instance, Fisher spends a few pages simply defining "social norms." Ultimately, I think, it's a very well-meaning physics professor trying to make the world a better, gentler place, where we all get along and no one is trying to blow anyone else up. That's commendable, but it's not always fascinating reading. If you are in a position where you need to broker agreements and build trust between competing parties, and you are unfortunate enough to have no background in the social sciences, this is a worthwhile read, but I imagine there are probably better books on the art and science of cooperation and competition.more
I read this over the course of several months on my lunch break so some of the details were lost on me. No one should take that long to read any book seriously. However, I'm a bit of a math, finance, economics geek and found the real world examples interesting. Although, it really seemed to be a bit anecdotal and more semiotic in nature than a deliberate study.more
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